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In his "I have a dream speech", Martin Luther King Jr. said this:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
In presenting Barack Obama to the Nation as a potential President, we were asked to judge him on the content of his character and not by the color of his skin (the dream Dr. King died fighting to fulfill). In Barack Obama, America was offered the first real opportunity to test whether we had moved beyond the terrible injustices of our dark past. Yet, upon his election...his ascension to power...we were asked to take off those blindfolds and see that he was, after all, a black man and that we should celebrate our passage (ostensibly through him) into an unbiased America; an America that had finally proven its ability to be truly color blind, to come to terms with the horrors of its past, and to finally overcome them.
It's impossible to believe that President Obama and his Administration actually buys in to this idea that we have moved beyond race and into a new generation of a color blind society, when you consider the blatant reverse discrimination his Attorney General (yes, his African American Attorney General) Eric Holder has been pursuing in the name of leveling the playing field in matters of Justice. Holder, it would seem, is still judging people by the color of their skin.
Consider the latest news on the story about the "alleged" New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case first reported back on election day 2008. Check the video for yourself here...and then join me after the jump to find out why a white guy from the DOJ quit his job so he could testify before the US Commission on Civil Rights about Obama's Administration, and his useful idiot Holder, and how they really can't be bothered to worry about white victims of black-perpetrated crimes anymore. Apparently, suing a State for making laws the Fed refuses to enforce is way more cool than enforcing voter intimidation laws...so long as only black guys are committing them against white people at least.
It all starts with the story of two African American men standing outside a Philadelphia polling place (one of which is clearly holding a baton or pipe or stick of some sort). Whether they were members of the NBPP were immediately challenged by the apologentia in the liberal press...Talking Points Memo couldn't get in the fray fast enough to suggest it was just a bunch of crying Republicans making hay with no basis. Malkin was quick to follow with a piece supporting what we can ALL clearly see in the video...and not long after that, even Bluey filed a report on the issue. Ultimately, even Philly.com came forward to acknowledge that it was the Black Panthers, but that no intimidation had occurred.
According to the Fox piece referenced above, "[t]he Bush Justice Department brought the first case against three members of the group, accusing them in a civil complaint of violating the Voter Rights Act. " The very next sentence, however, is where things start to go badly:
The Obama administration initially pursued the case, winning a default judgment in federal court in April 2009 when the Black Panther members did not appear in court. But then the administration moved to dismiss the charges the following month after getting one of the New Black Panther members to agree to not carry a "deadly weapon" near a polling place until 2012.
There are two things terribly wrong with this; winning a default judgement only to turn around and drop a "won" case is no way to run the Justice department...and allowing deadly weapons at a public polling place at some future date is just off the charts. And, no-I am not so stupid as to have missed the year these weapons will once again be allowed...the next time Obama will be named on an election ballot. How stupid does he really think we are?
[H/T Susannah's way excellent diary on the media bias angle of this story, and thanks to Kenny Solomon's comment in that thread, let us take a look-see at how the top guy in the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panther Party feels about white people...and decide whether we're cool with him having a deadly weapon in his possession the next time his hero, Barack Obama, will be on a ballot in the City of Brotherly Love:
It's clear this man has a problem with white people. It's equally clear that had a white person said or done the same thing he'd already be running his stretch of incarceration. That Holder doesn't see fit to put the blindfold back on, and let justice serve us all equally, it's plain to see that racial prejudice still only runs one way in this country. As the leader of the free world, allegedly, Barack Obama has let down not only the African American community, but the whole of American society by not jumping up and down and insisting that there is no room in this country for attitudes and behaviors like those of the New Black Panther Party members in Philadelphia. His silence...and his willingness to wink at the NBPP and drop the charges and tell them to behave for a couple years sends the opposite message; Barack Obama still sees only Blacks as victims of racial bias in this country and still sees only whites as the ones that perpetrate them. He has learned nothing.
J. Christian Adams, now ex-DOJ official (and white), testified today before the US Commission on Civil Rights and suggested several times that the DOJ showed hostility toward cases such as these, adding that "[w]e abetted wrongdoing and abandoned law-abiding citizens." He also has an op-ed up at the Washington Times telling his side of the story. For the record, there is apparently a growing number of former DOJ people that are starting to step forward to say Adams is telling the truth. Check out Adams' op-ed...it's worth a read...if for no other reaon than this passage:
Most disturbing, the dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.
Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it "payback time." Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.
I thought Obama's ascendancy was the END of all this. Apparently, via the DOJ, it's only the beginning.